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Deepen Your Yoga Practice in Italy! Yoga On and Off the Mat

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Are you looking to deepen your yoga and meditation practice, broaden your knowledge of yogic history and philosophy, and relax at a gorgeous, 300-plus-year-old villa nestled in 40-acre eco-aware olive plantation in the heart of Umbria, Italy?

If so, you might be interested in the weeklong retreat I’ll be leading with my friend and fellow yoga teacher Kumiko Yamada at Caimeli Villa this June 9 to 16.

Caimeli, which is owned by James Feinberg and Mark Epstein, is majestically perched among the green Umbrian mountains. As Mark, who is the director of the board of trustees at Cooper Union (my alma mater), told me, “When at the pool, and from the yoga room, you are overlooking thousands of acres of undeveloped land with the nearest structures way across the vast valley. You can’t tell where our property ends and the wild begins.” This is even more unique considering Caimeli is only a 12-minute drive from the small city of Umbertide.

Kumiko, who is a Jivamukti 800-hour certified teacher, and I are so excited to be hosting our retreat there. We’re taking an intimate group of just 12 people, so please e-mail me if you’re interested at Sophie.Herbert@gmail.com.

Thanks to James and Mark who have been manifesting their dream to make Caimeli an accessible and incredible refuge for learning and relaxation into a reality, we’re able to offer the following rates:

$1,625 for a double-occupancy room with a shared bath
$1,725 for a double-occupancy room with private bath (perfect for couples!)
Students can pay in full or put down non-refundable $500 deposit to reserve a spot (and we’ll figure out a payment plan from there).

Take a look at some pictures below.

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1 Welcome to the Caimeli Villa!

2 Umbria is one of the most remote and rustic regions in Italy. In addition to being the only landlocked peninsular region, it is the only landlocked region in all of Italy that doesn’t share a border with another country.

3 Many Umbrians remain very attune with nature, as they have lived off the land generation after generation. There is no shortage of breathtaking landscape and diverse wildlife here.

4 We had three delicious and nourishing meals each day.

5 Welcome to the yoga room! The stunning 65-square-meter space in a converted barn facing dozens of rolling hills.

6 The interior of the manor house, which dates back to the 18th century, has been beautifully modernized.

7 Kumiko, mid-pose.

What’s included?
Two daily vinyasa yoga classes. These will be slow flowing yet deep vinyasa sessions that will help you safely nurture strength and flexibility, both mentally and physically. The afternoon classes will be alignment-focused workshops.
Three delicious and nourishing meals each day (mainly vegetarian, though non-veg options will be available)
Morning meditation
Evening meditation techniques workshop
Optional daily discourse on yoga history and philosophy
Optional book group on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Optional art course amongst the olive groves (I love watercolors and will be bringing some for participants to use!)

One-on-one yoga tune-ups

Optional one-on-one life-coaching sessions
Postural growth workshops using photography
Group transportation to and from Rome (a meet-up place on June 9 will be determined)

* For those who wish to indulge in delicious wine: It’ll be available at a very reasonable price.

Yoga brings stability and calm into every discipline of Sophie Herbert's life. She is an alignment focused yoga teacher (and perpetual student) and a Whole Living contributing editor. She graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, where she nurtured her passion for documentary photography. It was during this time that she began her disciplined and diverse study of yoga in New York, Paris, and India.

Sophie has lived, studied, and volunteered extensively in India. She feels grateful to still visit and work regularly with the Deenabandhu Children's Home in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. In November of 2010, she became an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org, a grass-roots nonprofit that helps destitute women and girls in India build more sustainable lives. Sophie has also shared her knowledge of yoga at the Prana Yoga Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. Currently, she teaches at the Park Slope Yoga Center www.parkslopeyoga.com in Brooklyn and privately. Sophie is also an avid cook.

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